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30.06.2008 Programme and priorities - Future of Europe enforcement of the Lisbon Treaty: By signing the Lisbon Treaty in December 2007, the EU Member States committed to ratifying it at the earliest possible date. This aim was achieved by 19 Member States, while ratification procedures are under way in the remaining countries. Slovenia ratified the Treaty as the second Member State on 29 January 2008. This success was slightly overshadowed by the negative result of the referendum in Ireland. Nevertheless, the European Union remains committed to its goals. The Member States agree that the ratification procedures must continue. At the same time, we will cooperate with Ireland in trying to find a uniform solution acceptable to all Member States and enabling the further development of the Union in the shortest possible time. ...more about: Achievements of the Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council .
30.06.2008 This is the last day of Slovenia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. We, the members of the website editorial team, would like to thank all the internet users that have visited our website and the mobile portal and made good use of their services in the last six months. More than 765,000 visits and 3,765,000 pageviews on the Slovenian Presidency website clearly support our presumption. ...more about: Goodbye and thank you from the website editorial team upon the conclusion of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency .
30.06.2008 Holding the EU Council Presidency is a responsible task involving managing and representing the Community of 27 Member States and about 500 million citizens. In this important task, performed by the Republic of Slovenia in the first half of 2008, 2,720 Slovenian civil servants, 133 independent experts and 245 students participated. In total, more than 8,000 events were held during the Slovenian EU Council Presidency: 283 events took place in Slovenia, 3,285 in Brussels and 4,242 elsewhere in the world. ...more about: Slovenian EU Council Presidency 2008 in Figures .
30.06.2008 A ceremony on the occasion of the assumption of the Presidency of the EU Council by France took place in Nova Gorica, Trg Evrope (Europe Square) this afternoon. The Presidency will pass from Slovenia to France today at midnight. In the square, which also witnessed Slovenia's EU accession on 1 May 2004, the President of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council and Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel passed the symbolic baton which he received six months ago from the Portuguese Minister, Luis Amado, on to his successor, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. ...more about: Minister Rupel passes the Presidency of the EU Council on to the French Foreign Minister Kouchner .
Photo: Bor Slana/BOBO 24.06.2008 At today’s extraordinary plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and current President of the European Council, Mr Janez Janša, presented the conclusions adopted at the June European Council meeting held on 19 and 20 June this year. In the Prime Minister’s words, in the past six months, the synergy between the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament has helped bring about certain shifts that have made Europe better and more effective, especially in terms of seeking answers to global challenges. “The shifts that we have made prove that Europe is dynamic, that it is functioning and that it is capable of addressing problems,” he underscored. ...more about: Synergy has created shifts that have made Europe more effective, claims Prime Minister Janez Janša .

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Date: 28.12.2007